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Hats Off to MozillaMy column for the January issue of Linux Journal.
Firefox — Notes (34.0.5) — Mozilla More changes since I wrote the above.
The magic of working together Dave on working with David Weinberger and me on something. (Stay tuned.) BTW, Dave, David and I all have the same first name. We are legion.
Air Asia Indonesia Lost Contact from Surabaya to Singapore – Page 65 – PPRuNe Forums The latest page in a long thread in which pilots discuss what may have happened to the lost Air Asia flight.
The History of the Internet Project Read the bulleted lists. Good and fun project, full of important stuff to remember.
How to Start a Blog – The Free Beginner’s Guide to Blogging A good primer. One additional note: you don’t need to monetize your blog with advertising. Think “because effects” — making money because of your blog, rather than with your blog.
Making customer experience a first person thing | ProjectVRM A post of mine at the ProjectVRM blog. Watch for more on the topic there.
Find products on sale by Brand, Site or Product Category – TrackIf Something you could have used before Christmas. But use it anyway. Manifesto What Aral’s about, as so should the rest of us.
The Technology of Us Because I want to give it one more plug.
Search and Apps – Give Consumers Back Their Links – John Battelle’s Search Blog In which John calls apps “chicklets.” And he’s right.
How My Mom Got Hacked – Not a bad way to use up one of your ten NYTimes monthly views per browser. (I hate that system, btw.)
Digitization of Media Requires New Ways to Measure Marketing’s Worth By Shelley Palmer. Not bad for a sell-side view.
Areas of Coverage – Economic-Value-Report.pdf Cover page for the below, and more.
Economic Value of the Advertising-Supported Internet Ecosystem Important fact: that ecosystem is not the Web, much less the Net. I’m not even sure it’s an ecosystem.
API Security: Deep Dive into OAuth and OpenID Connect Not a bad view into how APIs work.
Who’s the true enemy of internet freedom – China, Russia, or the US? | Comment is free | The Guardian Evgeny Morozov doesn’t offer a solution, but does lay out the problem.
What’s Happening to New York’s Skyline? – Get ready for more “pencil” high-rises, all re-making New York’s profile. (The first of these is already taller than the Empire State Building and the new One World Trade Center, if you subtract the spires of each. And get this: it’s residential.)

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First, links to a pair of pieces I wrote — one new, one old, both for Linux Journal. The former is Linux and Plethorization, a short piece I put up today, and which contains a little usage experiment that will play out over time. The latter is The New Vernacular, dated (no fooling) April 1, 2001. Much of what it says overlaps with the chapter I wrote for O’Reilly’s Open Sources 2.0. You can find that here and here.

I link to those last two pieces because neither of them show up in a search for searls + glassie on Google, even though my name and that of Henry Glassie are in both. I also like them as an excuse to object to the practice — by WordPress, Flickr and (presumably) others of adding a rel=”nofollow” to the links I put in my html. I know nofollow is an attrribute value with a worthy purpose: to reduce blog and comment spam. But while it reportedly does not influence rankings in Google’s index, it also reportedly has the effect of keeping a page out of the index if it isn’t already there. (Both those reportings are at the last link above.)

I don’t know if that’s why those sites don’t show up in a search. [Later… now I do. See the comments below.] But I can’t think of another reason, and it annoys me that the editors in WordPress and Flickr, which I use almost every day, insert the attribute on my behalf. Putting that attribute there is not my intention. And I would like these editors to obey my intentions. Simple as that.

With the help of friends in Berkman‘s geek cave I found a way to shut the offending additions off in WordPress (though I can’t remember how right now, sorry). But I don’t know if there’s a way to do the same in Flickr. Advice welcome.

And while we’re at it, I’m still not happy that searches for my surname always ask me if I’ve misspelled it — a recently minted Google feature that I consider a problem and which hasn’t gone away. (To friends at Google reading this, I stand my my original guess that the reason for the change is that “Searles” is somewhat more common than “Searls” as a surname. Regardless, I prefer the old results to the new ones.)

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